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Nursery Reveal

7.10.2011

We made it!  The nursery is officially complete even before he has decided to make his arrival.  It has taken a lot longer to put together than I envisioned back in January when we started this project, but considering the construction, all the DIY, our insanely busy spring and that I am the ultimate procrastinator, it is really not that surprising.

But before you scroll down to see what we put together, let’s walk down memory lane with the befores to see what we we were working with. 

What the space looked like when we moved in-

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And then what it really looked like for 2 and half years…..affectionately referred to the junk room.  Don’t know where to store something?  Throw it in there.  Need to paint some cabinets?  Scoot some crap around and have at it.

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And now here it is waiting patiently (unlike Derek and I) for it’s new occupant-

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Back in the beginning when we were planning the space, my first idea was an orange and aqua color scheme but no real theme.  I figured once we knew if we were having a boy or a girl we could add blues or pinks to make it a more gender specific space.  Of course, I figured a lot of DIY and sewing was also going to be in the cards.

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Because of the window configuration, limited furniture was going fit on that wall anyway and I thought that an architectural feature that was also functional from a storage and seating standpoint would make the room.

After the construction and painting was going, we started to pick up random items we found that we thought we be good fits in the space.  Hmmmmm…somehow we had a lot of animal things so that is the loose theme we decided to run with.  However, I am a big believer in adding things that you love and not just because of a theme. 

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Items with personal significance were also something I wanted to incorporate in the space.  We have not shared baby boy’s name with anyone (but my mother-in-law has a pool going if anyone is interested).  However, the first initial is common knowledge.  So of course I had to incorporate that.  On the gallery wall are also photos we took at the San Diego zoo during our last vacation (technically baby’s first).  After he is born, the clip art hand and footprints will we replaced with his (and yes I realize my stand-in has a disproportionate hand to the size of the foot…I was just using those to make sure I liked the idea).

But personal items don’t end with the gallery wall as I wanted things that meant something to us, but not scream “look at my name" all over the place (although I know some curious family members that were voting for that tactic).

For example, I needed some bookends and I love that this has his birth month stamped on it.

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Or that all of those blankets were handmade for him by generous friends and family.  And that the silver scooter reminds us of Italy.

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And that cross from the Vatican in Rome was the very first thing we ever bought for, at the time, our future baby.  completed nursery

I won’t bore everyone with the personal significance of everything in the space, but overall I tried to have at least one item with meaning on every shelf.  However, don’t get me wrong, some things are in the room because they are fun and I like how they look.  Like this…

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I guess you could also say that DIY was a major theme in the space.  The only pieces of furniture that were store bought were the crib and the chair.  We either made or “revised” everything else.  I have already talked about most of those projects as we embarked on them but in case you missed them check out the abacus, dresser, changing table, bookshelves, stump table, pinwheel mobile, quilt and bedding

The space also had to be functional besides nice to look at.  We have never done this whole baby thing before, but from what I have heard, they can be messy.  So every single cloth surface (minus the chair that is stain protected) can be thrown in the washing machine.  Every pillow and cushion cover is removable and the although it took forever to find curtain fabric that I loved and could be thrown in the wash, I was ultimately successful.

The curtains are also not just for looks.  I made four panels that stretch all the way across for light control.

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I am still planning on adding black out lining to the back of them for even more light control, but I decided not to sew them together as I read varying reports about the washability of black out lining.  So it is getting hemmed separately and then just clipped behind the panels.

The cushions also remove from the window seat easily to access all the storage underneath.  In addition, the neighbor kids have shown me that they make great hiding places.  Maybe we need to drill some more air holes.

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Also every item that is hanging on the wall in baby’s reach is securely fastened to studs with screws.

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And the ultimate storage area also went through a little makeover.

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Lots of clothes and other baby paraphernalia waiting for him, but we still have tons of room that I know we will fill in the future.

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And finally just some more pictures of details of the space that I love…

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So what do you think?   You can see from some of the pictures that a furry friend already likes to spend time in the space.  Although this is normal position…

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…trying to will the stuffed animals that make noise when you squeeze them from the crib into his mouth.

Want to know where I got something?  Here is the source list for everything in the space.  Just got a little too long for a single post.

Missed the other nursery posts and want to see the DIY how-to?  Catch up with the window seat construction, abacus, dresser, changing table, bookshelves, stump table, pinwheel mobile, quilt and bedding

36 comments on "Nursery Reveal"
  1. Wow Jenny - this is such a warm and wonderful space ! It's no wonder that your adorable dog likes to hang out there...I would too. Best wishes to you and your family!

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  2. Hands down, this is THE cutest boy's nursery I've EVER seen. Seriously, you are one talented diy mamacita! Love your blog... best of luck on the delivery :)

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  3. Oh my gosh this is beautiful, he is such a lucky boy to have such a fantastic room to grow up in and to know how much love was put into every detail. Good Job!!

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  4. SO impressive! What a lucky little boy! Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment! :)

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  5. Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. The colors, accents and details all fit together perfectly! Perfect for a little boy! :)

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  6. It's perfect!! Those curtains get me every time you post about the nursery...too stinking cute!!

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  7. It's beautiful, Jenny! Well done - your little guy is going to love it!

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  8. I love it! We've only just started planning our nursery, and I can only hope it turns out half as beautiful as yours. Congratulations!

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  9. What a FABULOUS job that you guys did! I'm so impressed with all the little details - it looks great!

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  10. You're finished with the nursery before your due date? That never happens! It's an incredible room for a very lucky baby boy.

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  11. It's DUE DATE DAY!!! Yeah! Oh... and I love the pics of Jack and the crib. He and Bailey will be best buds when we move back.

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  12. I love your nursery space! We've been slowly working on our nursery. It really does take a while to get what you envision into place. :)

    It really is a great nursery!

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  13. Amazing! I love all the little details and personal touches, I think that is important for any room. All the color is great. Great work.

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  14. That room is freakishly perfect. I look at so many DIY rooms and think "Eh. I'd change this and that..." I would change nothing in that room. Even the hairy beast hoping for chew toys.

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  15. Totally amazing job. First of all, I love your color scheme. Second, wow on all the details. Love the pouf, the curtains, the mobile... nothing I don't love. And your C. will love it, too! Congrats to you!

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  16. I absolutely love this room. You guys did an outstanding job creating a wonderful space for your little guy. All the details are perfect and I like how you incorporated such meaningful items into the room. Can't wait to hear the announcement of his arrival!

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  17. Oh, and I'm loving the new look of your blog!!

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  18. It turned out so great, Jenny! It's going to be such a comfortable place for all of you to hang out. We started getting our nursery all organized this weekend, and you were my inspiration for making it cute and fun but not babyish. Your little one is so lucky to have such handy parents!

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  19. Amazing transformation Jenny - I just love it! The window seat and orange closet are two of my favorite parts. Also, I seriously can not stop thinking about your stump table. I am looking for stumps everywhere!!! The baby is going to love his room!

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  20. looks amazing!!! I adore are the pretty touches, so pretty!

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  21. Oh my goodness, this nursery is perfect all the way down to the smallest detail! I love everything you have done!!

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  22. Looks wonderful. The window area is fantastic. Great job!

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  23. Jenny!! Your baby boy is so blessed to have such a fabulous room to come home to!! I adore every single detail (you've got an eye for details, girl) & esp. love the window seat. It adds such charm & I can totally see it being your darling boy's favorite spot.

    You set the nursery bar high, my friend. Mine will pale in comparison......and just when I thought I couldn't handle any more adorableness.....you show your fuzzy pooch. I melted.

    Wishing you a safe & happy labor & delivery!! Can't wait to meet the newest member of your family!

    (Um, longest comment ever?)

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  24. You've done an amazing and beautiful job and really inspired me to want to work on my kids' room!

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  25. This is probably the most awesome nursery I have ever seen. Fantastic job, you're almost making me wish we were going to have another baby...

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  26. Beautiful job on your nursery! I especially love the touches of dog artwork for the room :) I will probably steal your built-in shelves and bench for my guestroom! Well wishes for a healthy delivery!

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  27. I love love love everything in little "C's" nursery. He's absolutely a lucky little fella to have such wonderful parents! Of course I love the orange, it accents the blue beautifully. I love all of the animals. Overall, everything works together perfectly. And the stump table...I LOVE the stump table! It turned out awesooome! I hope all is going very well over yonder, we are excited to come visit when things settle down. XOXO

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  28. are you serious? Are you human? Are you really like... a team of ten interior designers pretending to be just one pregnant lady? YOU ARE MY DIY HERO. H.E.R.O. Amazing!

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  29. I love, love love! this room! Could you please share the paint color you used? I would love to use it for my playroom! I've always wanted to do the aqua/orange combo but I'm horrible picking the right color out of all the little sample cards... Thanks so much!

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  30. Your nursery is amazing! I have been following since the beginning (love your blog) and I am just so impressed with the final result! We're expecting our second in October, hoping that her nursery turns out this cool! Best of luck with Carter, little boys are so sweet!

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  31. Saw your nursery on MadeByGirl. You did a fabulous job! It's such a cute room. I'm having a little girl in January and can't wait to get started on the nursery.

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  32. This nursery is amazing! I love everything about it! You guys did an awesome job!

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  33. YouAreMySunshine- It is Tame Teal by Sherwin Williams. Happy painting!

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  34. I love this nursery. Every, single detail is just amazing. It is so well thought out, inviting and inspiring. I am definitely saving some of these ideas in the folder I'm keeping in the hope I will one day be able to use them. :)

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  35. The colors in the nursery remind me of Dr.Seuss. Love it!

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